Ipsy is a $10 a month beauty subscription service where you get five deluxe to full size samples of beauty products. They all come in a special makeup bag that changes every month (hence the "glam bag" moniker) and, overall, you get an average of $25-$35 worth of products. The biggest downfalls of Ipsy are that a lot of the brands featured are online only and are priced oddly (they have really high retail prices but are almost always on sale) and the rewards program is not as good as Birchbox. If you're interested in signing up, I'd really appreciate it if you used my referral link here (otherwise you can just go to Ipsy directly and sign up that way).
For October, Ipsy went the other direction from Birchbox (who had breast cancer awareness themed boxes) and did a kinda-sorta Halloween themed bag which they titled "Alter Ego". There were at least three different versions of info cards with three different beauty gurus (I actually don't know who they are; I'm just assuming), though the "info" they supplied were identical (that is, pretty much nothing beyond social media tags).
I did have a swatch of this polish, but it was so shiny that it reflected everything at my desk, making it difficult to make out the true color. While it lives up to its super shiny claim, overall I am not impressed with this polish. It does dry fast, but it's a little difficult to work with. It's very, very thin and watery so it gets everywhere (I got a bunch on the neighboring swatches) and it takes quite a few coats to build up. The color is a super deep purplish-blue, which is a little too jewel-toned for me. This is a full size of this product and, while it originally retails for $12, it was on sale for $8.99 when I got this bag. For that price, I would stick with OPI or Zoya.
Overall, this was an okay bag; I got to try some new things and, even though they were mostly disappointing, I only had to pay $10. Plus I got a nice brush and a great facial cleanser, along with a neat makeup bag. I got three full sized products and two deluxe sample sizes with an overall value of about $31.32.
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